Councilmember Tim Burgess
Seattle City Council committee advances appointment of M. Lorena González
to Ethics and Elections Commission
The Seattle City Council Government Performance and Finance Committee voted today to appoint M. Lorena González, a distinguished attorney and civic leader, to the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission. The Full Council will vote on her appointment on Monday, July 23.
“With her professional background and track record of civic engagement, Ms. González will bring valuable perspective to the City’s Ethics and Elections Commission,” said Councilmember Tim Burgess, chair of the Council’s Government Performance and Finance Committee and a former chair of the Ethics and Elections Commission. “I am pleased the Council has found a candidate of such high caliber to serve the public on this important commission.”
González is an attorney with Schroeter, Goldmark & Bender. Lorena focuses her practice on representing individuals who have been victimized by people in authority positions. Lorena has litigated numerous employment cases, including discrimination and wage and hour class actions, in state and federal court. She is a Past President of the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington’s (LBAW) Board of Directors and was a member of that board from 2003–2008. In 2004, she was the recipient of LBAW’s Outstanding Member of the Year award and was the youngest member and the only law student in the history of LBAW to receive that award.
She is a 2005 honors graduate of Seattle University School of Law and was the 2011 recipient of the school’s Alumni Service Award. Lorena is fluent in Spanish and is the daughter of immigrant parents from Mexico. She was born in Prosser, Washington, and grew up in Washington’s Lower Yakima Valley where she and her family worked as migrant farm workers. She is the first and only attorney in her family.
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